Friday, 28 June 2013

"The Palms" Licensed Maternity Nursing Home

Mrs Chappell opened a nursing home at Topcroft in 1899. In 1908 she moved to a new house built by her husband on the east side of Cameron Road between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and called “The Palms”. In 1982 these palms were still standing outside the house.

Collection of Justine Neal
 The message on the back of one of the postcards reads:
To dear Emma, This view of our house is taken from the roof of Joseph’s shop. Imagine another house similar to it only no bay windows on the next section shutting out the view of our neighbours old sheds and that is where our newly built house stands.Then you will see me standing on our kitchen verandah I am looking at the camera but I turned my head to the right. I should be looking at the accompanying view which we think is a lovely view to enjoy and so do our friends and patients.      Jan. 1911.
Collection of Justine Neal
 An advertisement in the Bay of Plenty Times 16 July 1913 reads:
The “Palms”   Cameron Road Tauranga
Licensed Maternity Nursing Home     M. Chappell Registered Midwife.      Phone 47

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